Do you enjoy the Transformers movies? Or are you a bit bored with them as of late like me? Well strap in because Transformers isn’t going away anytime soon. The franchise will be continuing with Transformers 5 set to open June 23rd, 2017, which would subsequently be followed by sixth and seventh installments. Looks like that’s turning out to be true as Paramount has announced two new release dates alongside Transformers 5, one of which might give us an idea as to where they’re headed with this franchise.
We’ve know about T5 since last year, however, while at last week’s Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced Transformers release dates in the two years that follow. But the big news revolves around that 2018 date in which the movie will focus on fan-favorite and all around great Autobot Bumblebee. Here’s the reveal of the Bumblebee spin-off:
This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the Transformers cinematic universe, and as Brian announced earlier, things kick off in a major way in 2017 with the release of Transformers 5 in June. And we’re working on a spin-off movie centered around Bumblebee for 2018 and the next chapter for 2019.
Sounds oddly familiar doesn’t it? It seems like after seeing the complete and utter success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount and Hasbro are taking a page out of Disney and Lucasfilm’s playbook. On top of seeing the main storyline continue every few years, it looks like we’ll be getting a spin-off (*cough Anthology cough*) every off year, with the first centered on Bumblebee. While this isn’t the “wtf” news of the week, it is surprising considering the last three Transformers have been eaten alive by critics. But because it’s an industry based around that thin green paper, it does make sense (just a little bit) because of its billion dollar track record.
Now the question becomes, what kind of spin-off is it? In the current canon of Transformers set up by Michael Bay, the Autobot is voiceless and uses the radio to communicate. So could this be an origin story? It seems more fitting, but only time will tell. Keep an eye out, we’ll be keeping tabs on the franchise and its upcoming slate, which includes Bay’s Transformers 5 (with Mark Wahlberg returning) and the Bumblebee spin-off.